Stories for January 2012

Tuesday, January 31

Normal Heights Intersection Reconfiguration Completed

Reconstruction and reconfiguration of the Cherokee-Madison-East Mountain View-Ward Road intersections in Normal Heights was recently completed. Begun in fits and starts last summer (including a shutdown when funds ran out) in conjunction with the 40th ...

Did Election Tampering Help Create Sweetwater Union High School Board?

At the January 30 Sweetwater Union High School board meeting, the Vega report was released. Parents, teachers, and students have been demanding the report for months. It appears their suspicions had substance. Attorney Greg Vega ...

Sunday, January 29

Timequake

Name: MIMI ALAMEDDIN | Age: 20 | Occupation: COFFEE SHOP EMPLOYEE Neighborhood: CITY HEIGHTS | Where interviewed: BLUESTOCKING BOOKS What are you reading? “Timequake, by Kurt Vonnegut. I love him; I’ve been binging on his ...

Friday, January 27

Foie Gras Protesters Target Bankers Hill Restaurant

On the evening of January 26, animal-rights activists associated with StopForceFeeding.com protested in front of Bertrand at Mister A’s because the restaurant serves foie gras, the fattened liver of force-fed duck or geese. In July, ...

My Ask of Jane

People use jargon because they want to sound smart and credible when in fact they sound profoundly dim-witted and typically can’t be understood, which defeats the purpose of speaking in the first place. – Karen ...

Thursday, January 26

What We Do for Our Kids

Author: Stephen Gallup Neighborhood: Carmel Valley Age: 61 Occupation: Technical writer I don’t claim to be a competent speaker of anything other than English, but when I hear Mandarin spoken, I’m often able to discern ...

Shortcuts - Herman Stovall

Car: 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Previous Cars: I had a 1970s Ford Family Squire Wagon like the Brady Bunch had. How’s your commute? I drive all over San Diego, so I drive from Allied Gardens ...

Wednesday, January 25

So San Diego

Deep-Fryed San Diego

“In the old days, you had kingmakers who would put in the people they wanted over the objections of those in the community,” says Donna Frye.The former city councilwoman is speaking of the two major ...

Carlsbad Attorney Admits Taking Clients’ Funds for Personal Use

A former Carlsbad attorney admitted that she took money from two clients’ accounts and used those funds “for personal use,” according to a plea deal read in court by the judge on January 24. Patricia ...

The Cape, South Africa

South Africa is becoming a destination of choice for good reason. We were happy to arrive in Cape Town, the mother city, after a very long flight: 24 hours across two continents on South African ...

Tallsharon’s Extraordinary Adventures

Post Title: Arriving in San Miguel Post Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011 So we all made it on the flight to Leon. Small plane, not sure how many hours in the air but not too ...

The Long and Dangerous Day

On a mid-December morning in 2007, Deanna Fridley, a 23-year-old housewife, got up and fed her kids, got them dressed, and smoked some meth. “Midmorning sometime, yes. My cousin came over with some. We smoked ...

Record-Release Roundup

Heavy Hawaii will play a release party for their three-song 7-inch “Superbowl XXIX” (Art Fag Recordings) on Saturday, January 28, at M-Theory Music on Washington Street, beginning at 6 p.m. Tim Flack’s full-length The Bridge ...

Rolle Love & the Beat Farmers

A haircut changed Rolle Love’s life. At 17, he was a hard-rocking bassist with a crash pad in North Park. “We furnished it with cases of beer, and we drank our furniture.” A major life ...

Keys to the Soul

After 22 years, the Soul Persuaders played their final show on January 19 at Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge. The band started in 1989, fronted by Steve and Mark Siers, as a side project to their long-running ...

Who's Dick?

“Maybe it was a small gator,” I say. Maybe she’ll bang my face on the counter...

"Don’t rush me!” Dion’s voice cuts through the noise. She’s barking at a customer who wants to pay up and go. “Besides, you haven’t drunk enough yet. We have rules!” Dion walks away muttering, under ...

Total Distortion

“It’s kind of a trip,” says Donald Vercelli, who plays Mike Ness in the Social D tribute band formerly known as Socially Distorted. “Apparently, Mr. Ness doesn’t like other bands spreading his music around.” In ...

Big Mountain's Leap of Faith with Tim Tebow

“I’ve been a Chargers fan since I was a little boy,” says Quino McWhinney of Big Mountain. “The Denver Broncos have always symbolized evil in my world.” But maybe not so much anymore: “Leap of ...

Happy to Oblige

Thursday 26How many times have you torn past the windmills on your way up to Joshua Tree with the high desert’s fragrant furnace and Car Wheels on a Gravel Road blasting in the truck cab? ...

Nada Surf. Not Weezer.

“Popular” has been called an accidental alt-rock radio hit by almost every music writer who has tackled the subject of Nada Surf. It was on the radio for what seemed an eternity in 1996, and ...

Roller Skating in San Diego

“Roller skating has been around since the 1700s,” Bernice read from her iPhone. “It’s funny to think of the founding fathers on skates. I’ve always associated roller skating with the 1970s.” “Did they have the ...

Fade In

EXT. A TELEPHONE BOOTH. BALTIMORE ALLEY. RAINY. LATE NIGHT. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh is drunk, drool and spittle ooze from his mouth, flows down his chin and cheeks, then gathers itself and drips onto ...

This Week in Movies: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Albert Nobbs, A Separation

Hollywood spends too much time and money turning tragedies into buckets of custard. In The Descendants, a coma crisis is sweetened by Hawaiian scenery and George Clooney’s breeze-along charm. In We Bought a Zoo, the ...

Gambling Addicts Aren't Necessarily Smoking Addicts

In a gambling casino, you can lose your shirt — and worse, your health. That’s why several groups are working on California’s Indian casinos to go smoke-free. Many such casinos, particularly in San Diego County, ...

Mine Canyon

A major archaeological site, a treasure trove of fascinating plants and animals, and beautiful scenery ranging from wide-open desert views to narrow winding mountain canyons all await anyone who takes a drive and hike up ...

Fujiya & Miyagi: Krautrock and Aphex Twin

Fujiya & Miyagi’s David Best doesn’t really sing, he hisses in rhythm. In LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy would alternate talking with singing. Even talk-singers such as the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Art Brut’s Eddie ...

Illuminations

“Color is the structural material I use to build the forms I am interested in.”

While sampling one of the “immersive environments” in Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, I suffered a mild panic attack, but don’t let that keep you away. ...

Of Saldaña and Sharia

Ex–Democratic assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, who at one point or another has considered running for the San Diego County board of supervisors and the state Board of Equalization and is now in a tough match for ...

Flying Moosbrugger

KPBS isn’t the only SDSU cause to benefit from Qualcomm-related largesse. According to a June 24, 2011 filing on the website of the university’s Campanile Foundation, Qualcomm vice chairman Steve Altman flew the school’s associate ...

Push Me, Pull You, Arrest Me at California State University Headquarters

"Mostly all lies” is how San Diego State University graduate student and teaching assistant Ashley Wardle characterizes statements two California State University officials made during a joint legislative subcommittee hearing in Sacramento last month. The ...

Jacobs Helps Bankroll KPBS Comeback

Twenty-eleven was a good fund-raising year for KPBS, the public broadcasting operation owned by San Diego State University, thanks in major part to billionaire Qualcomm founder and civic activist Irwin Jacobs. According to recently released ...

Foxes! by Foxes!

Show of hands: who thinks there should be more songs about panda bears? Especially as sung by pixie-cute British girls and — Damn! — their husbands, apparently... Foxes!, from Brighton, England, are the band for ...

Wilco a Wonder at Copley

The opulent, gold-tinged walls of Copley Symphony Hall let each note fight for space with Jeff Tweedy's soothing howl as Wilco played a flawless, riveting two-hour set. Touring in support of The Whole Love, the ...

Letters

Mug On Trash I’m calling about an interview that Chad Deal did (January 19). You put this guy’s mug on the front of your Reader. I can’t believe that you would write that kind of ...

Cloudbreak Church

Membership: 110 Affiliation: Southern Baptist Pastor: Jeff Langley Age: 45 Born: San Diego Formation: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Forth Worth, Texas; Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, San Francisco Years Ordained: 10 San Diego Reader: How ...

Dear John Letter to My Uterus

A poem by Donna Hilbert

Dear Uterus, We’ve not been formally introduced. Oh, well. Who wants to meet a lover at a funeral? Old cozy blanket, fuzzy mitten, coffee pot simmering behind my stomach wall, out of sight, like my ...

January 19 Brainstorm Contenders

* Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. If all the Republican Presidential candidates got together and formed a gang they would be called the "Nerdy Dozen." Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 6. Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 6. Conway Redding, ...

January 19 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 7. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 7. Michael Fabonan, Chula vista, 7. Ralph Levy, La Jolla, 7. John Markey, San Diego, 7. Hiroshi Miyazaki, Normal Heights, 7. Michael ...

January 19 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 7. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 7. L. Barling, El Cajon, 7. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 7. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 7. Leslie Chase, Campo, 7. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 7. Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, ...

Tuesday, January 24

Mexico’s President Calderon Tours Tijuana, Signs Decree to Eliminate Border Tariffs

When Mexican president Felipe Calderón came to Tijuana on January 20, he signed a decree initiating the first stage of the Zona Económica Fronteriza act, which will eliminate Mexican tariffs that currently make it cheaper ...

Attorney Found Passed Out in Car, Convicted of DUI

San Diego criminal defense lawyer Allen Robert Bloom, 61, was convicted of two DUI counts by a jury in the Vista courthouse on January 19. Deputy Andrew E. Dvorak testified that he could smell vomit ...

Traveling in Style: A Personal Train through Transylvania

“The painfully slow Personal trains should be avoided as a rule, unless you’re heading for some tiny destination.” – The Rough Guide to Romania “These trains are achingly slow.” – Lonely Planet: Eastern Europe I ...

Saturday, January 21

Ghost-Net Recovery Off Point Loma

A group of local scuba divers and I volunteered our services on January 16 to retrieve an abandoned fishing net ensnared on a shipwreck called the High Seas, located off the coast of Point Loma. ...

Maryland Company Seeks to Privatize Oceanside Library

On January 13, the Oceanside Public Library's board of trustees held an unprecedented emergency meeting. The meeting was precipitated by an announcement by city manager Peter Weiss that a private library-operation firm had approached the ...

Friday, January 20

The Pointy Ball Game

David and I were waiting for one of the guys behind the desk to find our room reservation on his monitor when his coworker, looking at me, said, “So, are you excited for the game?” ...

Hiking Humphrey's Peak, Arizona

Standing still is impossible. 70 mile-an-hour gales force me to stumble forward at a precarious 75° angle. The frigid gusts are uneven, causing my feet to boogie an awkward three-step on the summit’s razor-sharp rock ...

Thursday, January 19

Shot in Tijuana: The Lamplighters

Tijuana’s streetlight crews have been busy of late. A city worker replaces a bulb on the pedestrian promenade leading to the tourist district. During the street’s renovation a few years back, many of TJ’s street ...

The Manu-Smrti

This universe existed in the shape of darkness, unperceived, destitute of distinctive marks, unattainable by reasoning, unknowable, wholly immersed, as it were, in deep sleep. Then the divine self-existent, himself indiscernible, but making all this, ...

Exploring the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

“I think that thing is staring at me,” someone in our tour group remarked nervously. No, it wasn’t a wild animal spotted while hiking through the wilds of Vietnam. It was the fish proudly displayed ...

U.S. Virgin Islands: Domestic Caribbean

The Virgin Islands are a great travel destination. While the islands are American territories, accept U.S. dollars, and speak English, there remains an exotic, faraway flavor about them. West Indian culture strongly influences the islands ...

Wednesday, January 18

I Had to Leave Daygo to Get Respect from Daygo

Sumach Ecks, aka Gonjasufi, went from under-the-radar beat producer and rapper to a dreadlock-shrouded icon with the 2010 Warp Records A Sufi and a Killer, a collection of psychedelic hip-hop tracks featuring Ecks’s craggy, overdriven ...

San Diego Mayoral Candidates’ Opinions on the New Chargers’ Stadium Issue

Despite the Chargers' losing season, negotiations over a new stadium (the results of which may or may not see the team leave the city) remain at the forefront of San Diego's political discussions. During the ...

Crispy Chicken Thighs

Recipe by Gregory Chavez – Executive Chef, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge

I remember coming home from school in junior high and watching this show called Great Chefs, Great Cities. I watched it every day. When one of my guidance counselors in high school told me about ...

Mean Beans

As a longtime San Diego resident, I’ve often been puzzled as to why, in a city full of amazing Mexican food stands, anyone would go to Taco Bell or Jack in the Box. Why order ...

You Have To Know Yourself

“This is my Harley,” says Junior with pride. He hovers over the motorized kiddie motorcycle, which sits in the living room of Chris and Laura’s Santee home. Junior is five; his sister Lizzie is three. ...

Serious Coffee

“Isn’t that crazy, hanging art like this in the bathroom?”

It hangs below four others like it, an ancient rifle from ancient wars. Did it kill people? Did it save someone’s life? As I stand in line waiting for coffee and something to eat, I ...

Giving Thanks to the San Diego Music Foundation

From the appreciative letters that San Diego elementary school students have sent to the San Diego Music Foundation: “Dear Mrs. Taylor, Thank you for the beautiful guitars that you gifted us. We are very greatful. ...

Elephant Revival at AMSD

Daniel Rodriguez tells this story about the origin of his band’s name, Elephant Revival: “Our bass player busked outside the elephant cage at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago,” he says, where two elephants had ...

Major Label Machine

Kansas City native Jason “Captain Blackie” Blackmore has been playing guitar and singing in San Diego for over 11 years now, but before the Turf Club doorman began blowing the roof off of local venues ...

Tallsharon’s Extraordinary Adventures

Title: Tallsharon’s Extraordinary Adventures Address: afortunatelife.net Author: Sharon J. Corrigan From: Carlsbad Blogging since: 2008 Post Title: Bitches Brew Post Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010 It’s 3 a.m., and we are headed home from the ...

So, you think your boss is a psycho

Hiya Matt: I haven’t actually worked for too many bosses, so maybe this isn’t true for everybody, just for me. Out of three bosses I have had two of them turned out to be crazy. ...

Inner Vibration

in November, musicians/promoters Michael Mannino and Arian Banki threw a party called Inner Vibration at a private residence near Vista in celebration of a close friend who passed away in June. Preston Grover was a ...

¡Mexitronicaaaaaaa!

Thursday 19America’s Finest! Where punk rockers wear Dockers! SoCal punk perennials Total Chaos hit Brick by Brick with them drunkin’ punkin’ idiots D.P.I. and Social Spit spinning a maelstrom of a pit. Rob Chaos and ...

Sonic Extravaganza at the San Diego Experimental Guitar Show

“A few years ago, there was talk in certain music publications about the death of the guitar,” says Sam Lopez, curator of the San Diego Experimental Guitar Show. “Notions were made that this archaic instrument ...

Dashboard Confessional Unplugged: Chris Carrabba

The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica recently wrote that mainstream rock has become zombified, that even country music has shown more experimentation than rock in recent years. He raises some interesting points, but his article ...

Will Indianapolis Heal Madonna?

The 49ers beat New Orleans, and Alex Smith is redeemed. The San Francisco QB, in crunch-chomp time, game on the line, threw a touchdown pass, a 14-yarder to Vernon Davis, with nine seconds left in ...

North Coast Rep stages James Goldman’s Lion in Winter

“We all have knives. It’s 1183, and we’re all barbarians!”

Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, their sons Richard I and King John: mighty names, each exuding historical import. Henry II dressed like a commoner and ruled, at one point, from Scotland to the Pyrenees. His ...

Belly Dance Your Belly Away

New Year, new me, etc. Maybe lose weight with…belly dancing! “I’ve danced my whole life,” said Sabrina (858-337-1728; sabrinabellydancer.com). “I studied dance at UC Irvine, and in my second year I saw belly dancers at ...

Pinyon Wash/Harper Flat

Search for Native American grinding holes while admiring spectacular desert scenery from an alluvial fan.

This hike takes you up Pinyon Wash, lined with wildflowers in the spring, and into Harper Flat, an extensive area of Native American use. At the end of Pinyon Wash Road, the well-marked trail takes ...

I Almost Died

“When I was in the Bay Area for the holidays with my family,” says singer/songwriter Kenny Eng, “I broke my hip, two left ribs, my left scapula, my C6 vertebrae in my neck, and punctured ...

Elder's Dead Roots Stirring

What the heck does “dead roots stirring” mean? Is it meant to evoke horror? When one stops and considers, dead roots stirring could be kind of horrible. But it’s never made sense to over-analyze stoner ...

Chinese, It’s the New Spanish

Robert Dorsey is not Chinese, but he drives 25 miles from El Cajon to Point Loma every morning so his two daughters can learn to speak, read, and write in Mandarin. “In my culture, it’s ...

Stearman Flips Over at Montgomery Field

Former naval aviator Bill Wachtler of Solana Beach is an engineer with multiple patents to his name. He still flies a Stearman biplane, the kind of two-seater used for training at North Island before and ...

Chili Pepper Report

Fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers awaiting their sold-out show scheduled for Wednesday, February 29, at the Valley View Casino Center, will need to cool their heels until September 23. It was announced on ...

Even Lobbyists’ Loot May Not Rescue Redevelopment

"The good news is the bad news — that the state is desperate for money,” says Richard Rider. If the state’s books were in good shape, the corporate welfare lobby would probably succeed in getting ...

Judge’s Double-Dipping Pool 

With public pension costs going through the roof, the stock market flat, and a shortage of tax dollars to make up the difference, politicians everywhere say they’re looking for ways to force “double-dippers” — government ...

Government Grants Fund San Diego Sports Commission

The San Diego Sports Commission paid its president Alan Kidd a total of $165,477 during the 12 months ending in June 2010, according to the nonprofit group’s most recent Internal Revenue Service report. The group ...

Ultra Deep Field

A poem by Tamara Madison

Note from Lover Number 403 These photons traveled 13 billion years So you could see them on your laptop screen Ten thousand blips of light, each one A galaxy in its own right, each one ...

Letters

Paint Fight I love the idea of Painting with Prudence, mainly because I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am not an artist (“Check Out My Sizzle Reel,” Cover Story, January 12). Bob ...

January 12 Brainstorm Contenders

Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. * Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 5. Baldness may be becoming on many men, just as many men may be becoming bald! Conway Redding, La Mesa, 5. Flo ...

January 12 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 6. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 6. * L. Barling, El Cajon, 6. I ordered a plain hamburger at the Dalai Lama Burger Stand, but they insisted on making me one with everything. ...

January 12 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 6. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 6. Soon all the poor people will be able to eat are rich people. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 6. Michael Fabonan, Chula vista, 6. Richard Hutchings, ...

Tuesday, January 17

Residents Are Revved Up In Fight Against Noise At Pala Raceway

Residents perched on the hills in the unincorporated community of Rainbow are gearing up for a fight. A group of them will meet on January 21 to discuss the noise from popular off-road track, Pala ...

Oxxo Stores Proliferate in Tijuana

Oxxo convenience stores are springing up all over downtown Tijuana. This reporter counted ten while walking the eight blocks along Avenida Constitución from Calle Ocho to Calle Primera (more than one store per block). It ...

Mayoral Candidates Respond to Occupy San Diego Arrests

The Lincoln Club of San Diego County sponsored the first mayoral debate to feature the four leading candidates on the evening of January 13. Councilmember Carl DeMaio, district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, congressman Bob Filner, and ...

Monday, January 16

Calexico Unified School District's Similarities with Sweetwater

A tipster recently brought to the Reader’s attention the fact that Calexico Unified School District is beginning to look like Sweetwater Union High School District. To begin with, Calexico’s district counsel is GCR, LLP, the ...

Saturday, January 14

Southwestern College Foundation Under Investigation

In a closed session on January 11, the Southwestern College board suspended their Proposition R program manager, Seville Construction Services. The board also suspended BCA Architects, which was hired to design Southwestern College’s now-infamous corner ...

Friday, January 13

Bad Thoughts for Bad People

Everybody believes he is a good person and that what he does in life is done, most of the time, with honor, purpose, and noble conviction; this belief is true of almost all people, the ...

Occupy San Diego Protester Recounts Alleged Police Brutality

Occupy San Diego’s three-month anniversary on January 7 was a cause for celebration for dozens of activists who marched from Children’s Park to the Civic Center to participate in a rally. Activists, however, are calling ...

Better you

As soon as the sound of David’s retching began to subside, I rushed into the bathroom to get a quick peek into the bowl beneath his crumpled frame. Before he could sit back on his ...

Place Django Reinhardt, Paris

New to Paris is Place Django Reinhardt. Well, the site isn't new, but the designation is. The site is where the gypsy guitariste et compositeur lived in his caravan, in the Saint-Ouen neighborhood of Paris's ...

Thursday, January 12

Shot in Tijuana: Tomcat on Revolución

A recent slow weekend allowed this big tomcat to relax on Avenida Revolución, sprawled out in the middle of the sidewalk.

Kensington’s Aldine Drive to Be Grafitti Magnet?

The good news: Kensington and Talmadge residents are pleased that Aldine Drive, the eastern access road to/from the Kensington community from Fairmount Avenue, was reopened to through-traffic on January 9. The road had been closed ...

Hiking the Lower 48's Highest: Mt. Whitney, California

On a lonely stretch of Highway 395 in Central Cali, the Sierras rise from the earth and reach for the heavens. It is here, and more specifically Mt. Whitney, where the modern-day hiker goes for ...

Greek Island Hopping: A How-to

As we took our last ferry back to the Greek mainland, a few general impressions of the Greek Islands came to mind. Overall, the people were genuine, helpful and friendly – a traditional Greek nod ...

Wednesday, January 11

Check Out My Sizzle Reel

I wanted to be the Julia Child of the art world. I would bring fabulous art and artists into your living room — inspiration was on its way! How hard could it be to get ...

Chula Vista’s Tourism Marketing District Scrutinized

Tuesday night, January 10, the Chula Vista City Council wrangled for four hours over whether or not the chamber of commerce (aka the Tourism Marketing District) was doing an adequate job promoting motel/hotel businesses. Finally, ...

His Little Brother of France

The holiday cards started coming in around this time last month. I'd gone through dad's directory and contacted as many of his acquaintances as I could, informing them that he'd passed away in June. Still, ...

Hoppin’ ‘Round the World

Title: Hoppin’ ‘Round the World Address: hrtw.blogspot.com Author: Captain Pegleg From: Oceanside Blogging since: October 2011 Post Title: Prosthetic “Parity” in California Has a Long Way to Go Post Date: Saturday, December 31, 2011 In ...

Sippin' the Diem: Black Tea

We spent an afternoon testing black tea in anticipation of my mother-in-law’s annual visit. Husband Patrick was assisting. The salesman at La Mesa’s All Things Bright and British said that it’s important to prepare tea ...

Walk and Glug

“We were riding the bayside bike track and came across it.”

If I’d known then what I know now, I might have stuck to life east of the I-5. I swear, what a hike. I get off the Blue Line trolley at 24th Street, National City. ...

Gary Ra’chac, Keith Moon, and a Sofa

San Diego native Gary Ra’chac spent several years working at Tasha’s Music downtown before becoming a singer-songwriter and radio personality. His songs have been recorded by Ray Brandes and Nick Castro & the Young Elders. ...

The Last Supper

San Diego Reader food critic Naomi Wise (Joan Golomb Goodwin) 1945–2011 ★★★★★ (Superb) Ratings reflect the reviewers' affinity for the critic and reaction to food, ambience, and service. December 14, 2011 We all gathered around ...

Tobacco Rhoda’s

The term “dive bar” is thrown around pretty loosely these days and, not unlike “dude,” “epic,” and “excessive force,” the essential meaning has been all but lost. Enter Tobacco Rhoda’s. Famous for its Filipina bartenders ...

Craft & Commerce’s British Firing Squad

According to bar manager Christian Siglin, the powers that be at Craft & Commerce have banished vodka. “A lot of people aren’t used to fresh ingredients and strong flavors,” he says. “That’s why we don’t ...

The Conquest, Beneath the Darkness, Tomboy: Reviewed

Director Xavier Durringer imagines the political ascent of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. There is a touch of vulgar whimsy in the way the politicians phrase their frustration: “First the press licks you, then tricks you, ...

DVD Review: The Royal Tenenbaums, Louie: Season One, Community

Katherine Harroff Artistic director of theater company, circle2dot2.com The Royal Tenenbaums is an old favorite of mine that I’m continuously fascinated with and drawn to. I love Wes Anderson as a cinematic artist for his ...

Now You Know: Clockart

“The San Diego scene for our sound is all right,” says Beejay Buduan, guitarist and songwriter in Clockart, over coffee at Twiggs on Park Boulevard. “It’s more of a rock city. It was getting pretty ...

Colonel J.D. Wilkes and His Dirt Daubers

The Dirt Daubers came to be because the organizers of the Raindance film festival in London couldn’t afford airfare for the Legendary Shack Shakers. Colonel J.D. Wilkes is a member of both bands. “It started ...

The Bloody Hollies, Yours Until the Bitter End

The garage rock bands of the ’60s weren’t meant to last. Typically, they played a bunch of shows, cut a single or two, and then the members went off to college, marriage, or Vietnam. Modern ...

Smells Like Rock in Gucci Shoes

Thursday 12Natty Chula Veestans the Beautiful View will drop their Requiemme Records debut, Life Is Beautiful, at Casbah tonight. TBV’s well-appointed pop sounds like alt-radio (think Killers, Interpol) but smells like rock in Gucci shoes. ...

Postseason Mashup

If you look you can find some San Diego in Saturday’s 49ers/New Orleans playoff game. This, by the way, is as close to the NFL playoffs as we’re likely to get as long as Norv, ...

Galactic Love

“I had to wait for my contract to expire with [TV talent show] Platinum Hit, but my sophomore album Space.Bar.Love is finally being released,” says singer/songwriter Amber Ojeda. Though she didn’t win the Bravo network ...

Tim Garcia's Amazing Bass

“I had sent him a text around 1:30 in the afternoon.” Lemon Grove prog-rocker Andy Gorman needed a bass player, and Gorman wanted Tim Garcia for the date. That was Thursday, December 22. “I told ...

Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve

A bubbling creek, shade, history, and changing ecology beckon

Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve east of Valley Center is a valuable resource for wildlife, hikers, and equestrians, with running water, a scenic canyon, and spring wildflowers. It is a place to learn about the ...

This Vacation is Really Far Out

Heymatt: I’m saving up vacation days at work so I can go into space. Who’s been up there longest, and does he have any tips for how to enjoy such a vacay? — Rocket Man, ...

Sweetwater's Funds for Education

Last week, Sweetwater’s interim superintendent Ed Brand suspended the Funds for Education Committee, saying, “I can stop the grief right here.” This is the second time Brand’s private-sector fund-raising efforts have ended in controversy. Brand ...

The Snapdragon Stadium Gambit

Last week’s revelation that San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders proceeded with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Stadium promotion even though the office of city attorney Jan Goldsmith said the gambit was illegal has drawn little public comment from ...

Muddling Through — but Watch Europe

The United States and San Diego economies should muddle through in 2012 — growing very slowly — unless an economic civil war of sorts erupts in Europe. It’s already rumbling and could cause a global ...

Day of the Political Dead

South Bay Democratic assemblyman Marty Block, ramping up for a run for state senate this year, has shut down his old assembly campaign committee but not before making a final payment of $5000 to legendary ...

Seinfeld Slays 'Em at the Civic

Jerry Seinfeld had been a favorite in my mother's household ever since his hit TV show first aired in the late ’80s. Our favorite part was always the stand-up routine that opened and closed the ...

Erasure's Tomorrow's World

Key concept for 21st-century Vince (Clarke) & Andy (Bell): convergence. That's right, everything's getting closer together, in the mix, in the lyrics, and not so as to stumble and fall, but so as to stand ...

San Diego Christian Reformed Church

Membership: 65 Affiliation: Christian Reformed Church Interim Pastor: Adam Stout Age: 32 Born: Davenport, Iowa Formation: One year of Yucatán, Mexico, mission work; Calvin College and Calvin Theology Seminary, Grand Rapids, Mich. (2010). San Diego ...

Letters

Better Bookie Service Being a longtime sports bettor and onetime bookie, I took interest in “My Bookie Says, ‘Meet Me at Arby’s” (Cover Story, January 5). Overall, it’s a good account of the small-time bettor. ...

The Symptoms

A poem by Sarah Maclay

Concentration’s shot, my mind is full of light, my fingers smell deeper than honey. My heart is in my thighs, my groin — you don’t even want to know — it’s in my knees, my ...

January 5 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 5. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 5. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 5. Michael Fabonan, Chula vista, 5. * Richard Hutchings, Santee, 5. I'm working on making ...

January 5 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 5. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 5. L. Barling, El Cajon, 5. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 5. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 5. Leslie Chase, Campo, 5. * Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. I ate ...

January 5 Brainstorm Contenders

* Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 5. Before they occupied were they pre-occupied? * Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. What did the fish say when it swam into a wall at hodges? Answer- Dam. Conway Redding, La ...

Tuesday, January 10

City Council Seeks to Build Normal Street Linear Park in Hillcrest

At its January 10 meeting, the San Diego City Council unanimously agreed to send a grant application to the State of California for a proposed Normal Street Linear Park. The $4.7 million project would create ...

Alleged Oceanside Killer Was Seeking Next Female

Within hours of allegedly shooting his second wife in the chest with a gun, Dontaye Henderson texted a message to a woman in Alabama whom he had previously dated: “I’ve left my wife for good. ...

Saturday, January 7

The Rich Relationship of Sweetwater Union and Seville Group Inc.

On January 4, Sweetwater Union High School interim superintendent Ed Brand suspended the services of Seville Group, Inc, the program manager for Proposition O. Managing $644 million of bond construction money, the company came into ...

Ayutthaya, Thailand: City of Buddhas

The ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, about eighty kilometers north of Bangkok, is a worthwhile day trip if you’re staying in Bangkok. To really appreciate Ayutthaya, it helps to know a little about its history. ...

Thursday, January 5

Alleged Purse-Snatcher Arraigned in Vista

An Escondido man who grabbed the purse of a woman in the parking lot of an Encinitas shopping center last week was out on bail for a drug-possession arrest three weeks earlier, a prosecutor said ...

Shot in Lakeside: Sunrise Powerlink Chopper at Work

Pictured is one of the sky cranes being used to lift Sunrise Powerlink electrical transmission towers into place along the rim of El Monte Valley in Lakeside.

The Satapatha-Brahmana (The Brahmana of the Hundred Paths)

Death spake unto the gods, “Surely, on this wise all men will become immortal, and what share will then be mine?” They spake, “Henceforward no one shall be immortal with the body: only when thou ...

Original Lady

We huddled by the frosted glass door just inside of the entrance to a man’s home we’d met only 15 minutes before. It had been Shawn’s idea to stash us two doors down. Our temporary ...

Havana with my Father: “Por la Izquierda”

As usual, my father disappeared while I was still sleeping. For a second, I wondered what a 65-year-old tourist would be doing alone in the middle of Havana at 8 in the morning. Then I ...

Wednesday, January 4

My Bookie Says "Meet Me at Arby's"

Tony McCoy found his bookie through a friend of a friend. It was October 2011, four weeks into football season. He’d spent all of last season testing a new betting system he’d created, and it ...

On The Strip: Las Vegas, Nevada

I don’t get it. I’m an avid people-watcher. But I’ve never been a Las Vegas fan. Seems contradictory, right? So when a friend of mine announced a birthday weekend in Vegas, I decided to give ...

Charges Filed Against Current and Former Sweetwater Union HS District Officials

Two press conferences were held today pertaining to charges against current and former members of the Sweetwater Union High School District. At 10:00 a.m., district attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced that charges were filed against five ...

We're Here For Mrs. Doe

It was toward the end of my shift. I remember because I gauge the time of day by what type of hungry I am. When I wake up, it is milk on my Special K ...

Oyster Stuffing

Recipe by Nick Shinton, Chef, Truluck’s I was introduced to the healing powers of food at an early age. My mom was a nurse and she got me a job in the hospital kitchen. There ...

Champion Chew

“When you look in a gecko’s ear, you can see clear out the other side. True or [not]?”

"More people worldwide are killed by donkeys than die in plane crashes every year. True, or shit?” Tom’s standing on the stage where the band Napoleon Complex will be playing later tonight. This is Wednesday ...

Record-Release Roundup

The release party for A Scribe Amidst the Lions’ new split seven-inch happens at the Casbah on Saturday, January 7. “The other band is Sour Soul from Mexico City,” says lead Scriber Kris Towne. “We’re ...

We Are Stars: Subsurfer

“We call our music ‘grit pop,’” says Subsurfer bassist/singer Deric Fernandez. “Really gritty with a pop sensibility.” After making their live debut in January 2011 at 710 Beach Club in PB, they released their debut ...

Buddy Blue Reunion

Who’s in the Buddy Blue Reunion Band? All of the original players, says Joe Dyke, aka Sweetlips Mysterioso — with the exception of Blue himself, who died in 2006. “We try to get as many ...

A Dozen Roses: The Best Movies of 2011

A regular Top Ten feels skimpy for 2011. It was a good year at the movies, if you knew where to look. I offer 12 roses, some laurels, and a weed patch. Roses 1) Buck. ...

The Source of All Math Rock

“There seems to be a lot of freaks here,” according to guitarist/vocalist of Dead Animal Mod, Aaron Legrow. It appears San Diego’s reputation of being a garage-pop mecca has evolved to include genres yet to ...

Future Sounds of San Diego

“Living in San Diego, you hear that there is no scene here, that there is nothing going on,” says musician and freelance graphic designer Miguel “Miguex” Vega, who recently compiled a glimpse of the local ...

Ghost Mountain

Visit poet/author/artist Marshal South’s adobe ruins on a desert mountaintop.

A rugged one-mile trail up the Ghost Mountain ridge leads to Yaquitepec (elev. 3215 feet), the ruins of an adobe home built by poet/author/artist Marshal South and his wife Tanya on top of waterless Ghost ...

The Young, A Mysterious Young Band

The internet makes it easy to find new bands...maybe too easy. It’s hard to feel the thrill of discovery and connection with a new band when you can come across 50 new bands a day ...

Punk Club Gigolo

Thursday 5“We can always blame it on the weather” may not resonate in sunny San Diego, but when the husky-voiced neo-soul vocalist and master bassist Meshell Ndegeocello delivers the lyric, you will nod along. Ndegeocello ...

"I Promise" Benefit Show

“San Diego is such a volatile music scene,” says Jesse Kranzler, an organizer of the three-day “I Promise” Che Café benefit show. “One venue or group of bands usually keeps it going, especially in the ...

Over, Under, Through

In about ten seconds, often less, she became the person she portrayed.

The Old Globe staged Tracy Lett’s August: Osage County and did a masterful job. Also at the Globe, Adrian Noble turned Shakespeare’s The Tempest into a musical with “wood notes wild.” The La Jolla Playhouse ...

One Last Piece of Mail at Las Colinas

Marion M. Lopez was picked up on a warrant sweep on February 23, 2011, and found herself in Las Colinas women’s detention facility in Santee. It was the 42-year-old’s third time in jail. On the ...

The San Diego Foundation's $400,000 Man

Last month the San Diego Foundation had a big success on its hands when the $275,000 in matching funds it put up for its “giveBIG” event resulted in more than $2 million worth of contributions ...

Gone Fishing with Darrell Issa

As GOP congressman Darrell Issa’s seniority, power, and influence have grown in Washington, so has the bank account of his leadership political action committee, “Invest in a Strong and Secure America—ISSA PAC.” According to its ...

Snug and Smug at the Hotel Del

Gary Aguirre heads a San Diego law firm that since February has specialized in representing whistle-blowers, those who blow the whistle on financial fraud — often inside the companies they work for — and government ...

Gay Right

Union-Tribune owner Doug Manchester is famous for his financial contributions to Proposition 8, 2008’s successful ballot drive to overturn same-sex marriage in California. Not so well remembered is his backing of GOProud, a Washington, D.C., ...

Letters

Bicycle Bozos I would just like to comment on the cover story in the December 29 Reader, “Start at the Oceanside Pier. Stop in 3000 Miles.” I’ve noticed bicycle races — I guess mostly European ...

New Year's Eve at the Lafayette

New Year's Eve festivities at the Lafayette Hotel drew an interesting mix of guys who never wear suits wearing suits and femme fatales in arch-destroying heels. The condensed heat of the Lafayette Room was the ...

Conatus, by Zola Jesus

Born Nika Roza Danilova, Russian-American singer/songwriter Zola Jesus issued two EPs in 2010 that created a buzz around the young artist. In 2011, Zola Jesus compiled the stylistically impressive full-length Conatus, which ranges from synth ...

San Diego: Dialed In

Title: San Diego:Dialed In Address: sddialedin.com Author: Rosemary Bystrak From: Kensington Blogging since: 2003 From Twitter, December 24, 2011: Two paychecks haven’t come. Spending the last $5 to my name with @kenclubtuesday. Yay, freelance! Yes! ...

Reluctance

A poem by Robert Frost

Out through the fields and the woods And over the walls I have wended; I have climbed the hills of view And looked at the world and descended; I have come by the highway home, ...

December 29 Crossword Contenders

Flo Abena, Rancho Penasquitos, 4. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 4. L. Barling, El Cajon, 4. Evelyn Bowser, Hillcrest, 4. Bob Carlson, Serra Mesa, 4. Leslie Chase, Campo, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Carolyn Clark, Lakeside, ...

December 29 Sudoku Contenders

Evil Susan Avery, Escondido, 4. Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 4. Felix E Charfaurs, San Diego , 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Patrick Driscoll, Santee, 4. Michael Fabonan, Chula vista, 4. Paula Henderson, La Jolla, 4. ...

December 29 Brainstorm Contenders

Carl Baltrunas, Milpitas, 4. Joseph Ciprian, Little Italy, 4. Martha Awdziewicz, Clairemont, 3. Ai Goodwin, San Diego, 3. Conway Redding, La Mesa, 3. Flo Abena, Rancho Pensquitas, 2. L Barling, El Cajon, 2. Mike Barry, ...

Tuesday, January 3

Labor Ready Storefront in North Park Closes Shop

The Labor Ready office at 2884 University Avenue closed on December 27. A sign posted on the door stated: “This office will be closed until further notice.” It says to contact their branch at 1021 ...

Shot in Tijuana: Jailhouse Demolition

On January 2, the unannounced demolition of the Tijuana jail was in full progress. Some tijuanenses thought a museum or historical monument would be made of the building, pero no.

Monday, January 2

Iquitos, Peru: Gateway to the Amazon

“Can you carry the backpack on your chest instead?” Gino asked me as we were about to enter Belén Market in Iquitos, Peru. I nodded, turning it around. He winked. “That's a gringa inteligente,” he ...

Bordering on Lunacy: A Taxi Tour in the Mexican Borderlands

Ciudad Acuña is a small Mexican border town near Del Rio, Texas. Day-tripping Americans come for shopping, cheap booze and a shot at depravity in the compact tourist zone near the international bridge. Occasionally, a ...

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